24.04.2012 Market Access News

Door re-opens for Cottonseed to the US

Door re-opens for Cottonseed to the US

The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a review of existing requirement of nil tolerance for Methyl Bromide fumigations of cottonseed for stock feed to the United States. EPA has published a new rule proposing dispensation of tolerance for methyl bromide on cottonseed for stock feed. This will overturn an announcement in October 2011 where the MRL was reduced to zero, which effectively closed the trade in cottonseed for stock feed.
The proposed new rule is open for comments by interested parties. The public comment period for the announcement will close on June 5, 2012. In the meantime US authorities have indicated that it will issue import permits for Australian cottonseed but is suggesting that exporters not plan for shipments to arrive at US ports until the EPA ruling is ratified.